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Sometimes the picture doesn't have to be perfect; it's the captured moment that counts. - me

Sunday, 25 November 2012

Water level still rising

A beautiful sunny morning, but windy.

The water level continues to rise making it impossible to walk round all the lake.

Even the trickle under the footbridge by the car park, is flooding over the sides.
No chance of doing the north lake, so I walked round the south instead.

The rowing club seem to have lost some of their jetties, and the water is up at the tops of the fences. Plenty of ducks enjoying the extra water though.

A handsome male Pochard, and quite a few Tufted Ducks.

At the bottom end, the bird hide has almost disappeared under water, and an attempt to go through the railway arch had to be aborted. The water was rushing through off the fields like a river.

I managed to get back to the car park by crossing the road bridge, and then decided to drive over to the pub car park like yesterday.

Being a Sunday, and me being later than usual, there were quite a few people out walking, and enjoying the morning sun. A group of Mallards flew over too. They must have recognised me.

Most of the path was still free of water, apart from one small area near the top end.

A Grey Heron sat near one of the benches, gazing out towards the lake.

The wall of the dam had completely disappeared, but I could only see from a distance. No chance of getting round there from here.

I walked on towards the gully, and there was more water than yesterday. Still no access through, without a boat, so I crossed the footbridge over the river, and got almost as far as yesterday.

The bench on the footpath has almost sunk beneath the water.

Walking back over the footbridge, a Kestrel flew into the trees briefly, before setting off again; and down amongst the tangle of branches, by the water, a Grey Wagtail.

Back at the pub car park, I drove back to my usual starting place for a last look round.

Quite a few birds in the trees round by the footbridge.

The ultimate LBJ; a Dunnock.

A lovely male Bullfinch put in a brief appearance, along with a small group of Goldfinches, and landing on the footbridge as I stood there, one of the friendly Crows.

No apple today, so he had some seed instead.

Full list of today's sightings

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Common Kestrel [sp] (Falco tinnunculus)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Feral Pigeon (Columba livia 'feral')
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
Grey Wagtail [sp] (Motacilla cinerea)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
British Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula pileata)

Total species  29


  1. You must have been putting this one on while I was writing my last comment. I see I was right, it is worse today! I thought you were going to have a mishap at one point there, not surprised you bottled out ;-)

    Lovely little Dunnock, handsome Crow and nice to see another Grey Wagtail....not to mention the Heron of course :-)

  2. great capture of the wagtail. Wish it would stop raining though my allotment is a mire.

  3. Brilliant, glad to see something has cheered you up.
    Are you a man or a mouse? Get in there and show us what fish have to live in.
    On a more serious note...what are we paying water rates for? Not seven months ago we had a drought now the daft beggars don't know what to do with the water....they still feel obligated to charge a fortune for it. Maybe they aren't daft! Maybe it's just me.

  4. blimey just watched your vid hope you had your wellies on

  5. It's the highest I've ever seen the water levels Jan. Some of the birds are enjoying it though. :-)

    Thanks Debs. Yea, wellies were on, but I felt a bit daft leaving the house in sunshine with the boots on lol

    Cheers Adrian. I did try, but it was tricky :-)
    Charges for everything in this country are excessive unfortunately.

  6. It's no good Keith - you will have to get the rowing club take you to fill the feeders.

  7. Wow, those water levels are just unreal. Hope it doesn't get any deeper or you will loose all your Feeders.

  8. Can you imagine that John? lol

    Thanks Bob. I kept dry too :-)

    I heard today Horst, it is the deepest it has ever been.